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This substantial and definitive book includes an interview with Brassaļs widow and essays on his long career. This titles includes superb duotone and four-colour reproductions of Brassaļs work, and about 100 previously unpublished images from famous photostories.
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"The meaning of art is not authenticity but the expression of authenticity" wrote the Hungarian-born photographer Gyula Halasz, better known as Brassai, whose unflinching yet deeply sensual portraits of the seamier side of Paris nightlife during the 1930s and 1940s summon up an era where decadence and desperation ran side by side. Brassai's curiosity about his subjects and the originality of his approach highlight the depth of his identification with Paris, his adopted city. The son of a professor of French literature, Brassai had first visited the city at the age of five; later, in the early 1920s, he returned to make it his home after completion of studies in fine art in Budapest and Berlin. Settling in the bohemian arrondissement of Montparnasse, mixing with artists and writers, Brassai took up photography "in order to capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night". Brassai lures us into the smoky, highly charged world of clubs and cafes, where nicotine-stained lovers in cheap clothes become impossibly desirable under the camera's lens. Streets, stairways and canals are moodily lit; even a man rummaging for food in a rubbish bin takes on a cinematic aura. Yet Brassai's photographs contain a strange mixture of seediness and resilience that ultimately triumph over any false notions of glamour. He depicts scenes of poverty and its trappings--alcoholism, prostitution, violence, hunger. The chaotic social whirl of 1930s Paris dies down to the quiet suffering of a city under occupation, with its two great literary lights, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, sitting out the war, stony-faced in the Café de Flore. Accompanied by extracts from Brassai's own writings, contemporaries such as Henry Miller, and essays from other contributors, and containing 308 images Brassai: No Ordinary Eyes is a fine testament to an artist whose images of one city have proved to be so enduring. --Catherine TaylorReview:
`Indispensable as a work of reference, the book will also delight the general reader'
-- The Art Newspaper
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Brassia (illustrator). 1st. ed. 2000 , Hardcover in black cloth with the dust jacket ,319 page book with 308 illustrations 14 in color . Now out of print this book is scarce to find in the USA . Condition : NEW . Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 061507-A
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Brassia (illustrator). 1st. ed. 2000 , Hardcover in black cloth with the dust jacket ,319 page book with 308 illustrations 14 in color . Now out of print this book is scarce to find in the USA . Condition : NEW . Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 061507-B